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General Information Teams and Tables Qualification Elimination


Roles of Team Coach and Delegate
  • The coach (manager/coordinator) will be in charge of making sure the team is well organized such as respecting the schedule of matches, the dress code, etc. He/she will be the intermediary between his/her team and ITSF.
  • The delegate (or President of National Federation) will be expected to attend all official meetings.
  • The coach and delegate can not be team players.

Travel and Accommodation
  • The 10 team members (8 players + coach + delegate) will receive free plane tickets to go to Hamburg and accommodation (5 nights) will be provided for them. 2 extra players (1 man and 1 woman) can join the regular team at their own cost or at the federation's cost.
  • Arrival day: Wednesday, May 24; departure day: Monday, May 29
  • Transportation will be provided from the airport in Hamburg to the tournament location.
  • We need to know by March 31 at the latest the full names (clearly indicate first names and last names), addresses, birthdates and passport numbers of all team members so we can book the flights.
    Please choose one central airport in your country, from which team members will be flying out.
    In larger countries, such as Canada, China, Russia, the United States…, 2 or 3 departing locations might be chosen.
  • All this information needs to be provided directly on the form ("Team Info") that was sent to all federations on March 13.
    Please make sure that you hold valid documents to enter Germany:
    check with the German embassy in your country to find out if you need a visa. If you need an official invitation in order to obtain a visa, please direct your request to Mr. Klaus Gottesleben (info@dtfb.de) with the following information:
    - your full name (please clearly indicate first name and last/family name)
    - address
    - birthdate
    - passport number

Reserve players
  • The 2 reserve players allowed for each team should check if their travel and accommodation expenses can be covered by their federation.
    Since each team can have its own sponsors, those sponsors might also be able to cover the extra 2 players’ expenses.
    Please remember that you DON’T have to have 2 extra players, it is up to each federation to take that decision.

Presidents or Delegates of non selected countries
  • For each of the 16 ITSF member federations that were not selected to take part in the World Cup, accommodation will be provided for 1 person per country.
    That person will be able to attend all ceremonies, competitions and official meetings.

Other visitors
  • A special website will be available in a few days where all visitors will be able to book hotel rooms (with special fare) and buy tickets to attend the competitions.
    Ticket prices to attend the competitions are as follows:
    € 6 per day on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26
    € 8 per day on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28
    € 170 for a VIP Pass for the 4 days

Dress Code and Sponsors/Media
  • When playing (and only then), team members will be wearing a vest/jersey that will bear the name of their country and the names of our World Cup sponsors. Players will wear that vest/jersey above their "national shirts" when playing.
    These vests will be given to you in Hamburg.
  • National shirts will either be provided by each federation, in which case you are free to choose the design and colours to represent your country. And if you have sponsors for your team, their names can appear on those shirts.
    Please make sure that each player has a different shirt for each day (4 per players) and that the name of your country (in English) clearly appears on the shirts.
  • If your federation can not (or doesn’t want to) provide national shirts for their players, we need to know as soon as possible, as we’ll provide these players with 4 shirts each (all the same colour with the World Cup logo and marked "player")
    Let us know what you want to do about national shirts (shirt size!) by March 31.
  • For other times during the competition, each federation is responsible for making sure that its team members wear appropriate clothing.
    A jogging suit (top and bottom) is required for all team members. Again, names of team sponsors are allowed on the jogging suit.
  • Referees will be provided with special “Referee” shirts (4 per referee).
  • National media are allowed to cover the competition and follow the team representing their country.
  • Each team will be required a maximum of 5 hours of their time over the 5 day competition, so that German/international media can conduct interviews, photo sessions, etc. or for meetings/events with sponsors.


General Information Teams and Tables Qualification Elimination


Teams and Tables

Group A
Belgium
France
Japan
Ireland
South Africa
Group B
Germany
Great Britain
Canada
Slovakia
Czech Republic
Group C
USA
Hungary
Luxembourg
Costa Rica
Poland
Group D
Austria
Italy
Argentina
Denmark
Netherlands

  • A national team is made up of 8 players (2 of them must be women), accompanied by their coach and the president (or delegate) of the national federation, for a total of 10 people per team. Besides these 8 players, it will be up to each federation to decide whether they want to send 2 (and only 2) reserve players (1 man and 1 woman) at their own cost or at the federation's cost. These reserve players will be able to rotate with regular team members, but note that no changes of players will be allowed within the last 2 hours before each game.
  • When issues arise regarding the nationality of players, especially for those who hold dual citizenship, please refer to the Rules on Nationality and when necessary, submit each individual case to the Executive Committee.
  • You must send to ITSF the list of the players in your national team by March 31, 2006.
  • 2 female players will take part in the Doubles and 1 female player in the Singles.
  • Each national team chooses 1 table (and only one!) for the whole tournament.
    You must let ITSF know which table you have chosen by March 31, 2006.
    Tables to be chosen from are as follows: BONZINI, EUROSOCCER, GARLANDO, ROBERTO SPORT and TORNADO.
    Exception: if two teams playing against each other have chosen the same table, they will be allowed to choose a different table; the change of tables will have to be notified 2 hours before the teams are scheduled to play.



General Information Teams and Tables Qualification Elimination


Qualification

  • Within a group, each team will meet with the other 4 teams.
  • When 2 teams meet, they will play 8 matches against each other: 4 matches played in Singles and 4 matches played in Doubles (= 16 games). The Singles will be played first, followed by the Doubles; 2 matches will take place at the same time.
  • The names of the players for all the matches will have to be provided on the score sheet 2 hours before each encounter.
  • A match consists of 2 games: one game on your table + 1 game on the other team’s table.
  • A game is won in 7 goals.
  • At the end of the 8 matches, points will be granted according to the number of games won by each team: - when a team has won more than 8 games, it is granted 2 points - when a team has won 8 games, it is granted 1 point - when a team has won less than 8 games, it is granted 0 point
  • The maximum number of points that can be granted to a team at the end of the qualification process is 8 (2 points x 4 encounters against other teams). - if 2 teams have scored the same number of points, the team that has won the most games comes first; - if both teams have won an equal number of games, the team that has the higher goal average comes first; - if both teams have the same goal average, the team that has scored the most goals comes first.
  • Ex: Group A
  • At the end of the qualification process, 16 teams will go on to the phase of eliminations.



General Information Teams and Tables Qualification Elimination


Elimination

  • Click this link to see the elimination chart.
  • As with the qualification process, when 2 teams meet, they will play 8 matches against each other: 4 matches played in Singles and 4 matches played in Doubles. The Singles will be played first, followed by the Doubles.
  • A match consists of 2 games: one game on your table + 1 game on the other team’s table.
  • A game is won in 7 goals.
  • The player (pair in Doubles) who wins both games is declared winner.
  • In the event of a tie, shorter games of 3 balls each will be played alternately on both tables (minimum 12 balls will be played); if the score is still tie, players will play 2 more balls (1 on each table) until there is a winner.
  • If, at the end of the encounter, both teams have won an equal number of matches (4 each), an extra match will be played in Doubles, to be played by 2 players of each team who have not yet taken part in Singles.
  • The names of the players for that extra match will have to be provided on the score sheet within the following deadlines: - for the Top 16 matches: the day before - for the Quarter and Semi Final matches: at the end of the previous encounter - for the Final encounter and the encounter for Third Place: the day before